Myself and my partner went to the Senegambia between the 21st-27th April, flying into Banjul.
Firstly - ensure you take your own bags to the coach! The bumsters will try to do it for you and then expect payment to walk 100 yards!
First impressions of the hotel are very impressive, very clean and cool in the foyer / lobby and a quick check in. We had a room in 'O' block on the first floor, probably (for us) the best of both worlds. It was equidistant from the beach/pool and the reception and no persons were walking past our room at all. The rooms are basic but very clean and tidy. shower is great and the air-con is fierce!
The pool area is superb however be warned! The edges of the pool are tiled and sharp. Both of us suffered with little cuts on our fingertips and toes - nothing more serious than papercuts but annoying nonetheless. Food at the beach bar is good and the banana smoothie is fantastic!
You can allow everything to be charged to the room and then clear your balance at reception every so often. This does work, but you can suddenly owe quite a bit. However if you pay cash at the bar, don't expect the full change... the staff will take a portion of your change as their tip - it only works out to 20-30pence but naughty!
The food at breakfast is pretty ok although for tea and coffee the milk is provided hot!
Don't bother eating at the hotel for the evening meal, go out onto the strip. It will be cheaper and much nicer! Best restaurants we found were the African Queen and the one next to it on the right. Oasis was also very nice! The one to avoid however is the Lebanese restaurant which is opposite the hotel restaurant. The food was just not good and everything came with chips.......
Definitely try the local dishes; domuda and benchin. Both are gorgeous!
We did do a couple of trips and they were well worth doing. The 'lazy day' on the boat on the Gambian river was fantastic and the off-roading was good fun - be warned again however that the staff will want tipping and will try to overcharge you drinks etc to get your money. Just ensure you know what you have spent in order to keep your pennies with you!
The staff at the hotel were absolutely superb and could not do enough to help, the gardens at the hotel are amazing and the wildlife incredible. You must see the vulture feeding - it is nuts to see 40+ vultures vying for scraps of chicken.
The only thing that is poor is Senegambia's own beach. It has suffered with severe erosion and as a result is just plain ugly. Walk 20 minutes left from Senegambia's beach however and the beach is fantastic, open, empty and easy to go for a lovely swim in a very warm North Atlantic!
All in all a wonderful hotel and we would recommend it to anyone want to go for a memorable holiday! Just avoid the bumsters (they are all friendly just a little annoying)
Would we go again? Yes.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Senegambia Beach
- Senegambia Beach Kololi
- Senegambia Hotel
- Senegambia Beach Hotel Gambia/Serekunda